Docunight: Iranian Documentary Series - Screenings of "The Story of Boulevard" & "The Mannequins of Ghale Hassan Khan"

Department: Center for Persian Studies and Culture

Date and Time: December 12, 2019 | 6:30 PM-8:30 PM

Event Location: McCormick Screening Hall - Humanities Gateway (HG) 1070

Event Details

Please join us for another Docunight: Iranian Documentary Series screening of two short documentaries, first titled "The Story of Boulevard" directed by Davood Ashrafi and the second titled "The Mannequins of Ghale Hassan Khan" directed by Sam Kalantari on Thursday, December 12, 2019, 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm in UC Irvine's McCormick Screening Hall (HG 1070).

#63 (I): The Story of Boulevard
Directed by: Davood Ashrafi
2019 / 40 mins
Persian with no subtitles

Synopsis: The Story of Boulevard is a documentary about Keshavarz Boulevard, one of Tehran’s important streets, The film is in effect a line-up of histories, events, and narratives of the place and it’s deep-rooted desires and contradictions waxing and waning, a course that makes Boulevard a collective belonging.

Davood Ashrafi is an independent filmmaker based in Tehran. A graduate of Cinema from the University of Art and a member of Khane Cinema. He worked for years in feature films as a camera assistant and is now a cinematographer. In his work, he is interested in the intersection between documentary and fiction film. His documentary The Story of Boulevard won the Art & Experience prize at the 11th Cinema Verite Festival and Best film with the focus of Tehran at Shahr 7th International Film Festival.

#63 (II): The Mannequins of Ghale Hassan Khan
Directed by: Sam Kalantari
2015 / 32 mins
Persian with no subtitles

Synopsis: The Mannequins of Ghale Hassan Khan tells the story of the birth and life of some mannequins. They are all created in the same way but their faith is not the same.

Sam Kalantari, bornin 1976 in Tehran, is considered to be the fourth generation of Iranian documentary filmmakers. He began filmmaking academically the same time as he entered university to study civil engineering, he entered the realm of Iran’s professional filmmaking scene by making his first short film “The Unknown Desire” (Tamanaye Majhoul) in 2001. After completing his studies in Ireland, he entered the international realm of Iranian cinema as the director of films “from the House No.37” and “He”.

A discussion and Q&A will follow the screening.

This event is free and open to the public. Registration is required: (

This event is presented by Docunight and UCI Jordan Center for Persian Studies & Culture and with generous support from Saman Foundation.

Parking at UCI:
Closest parking structures are Mesa Parking Structure and/or Student Center Parking Structure. Parking permits are required at all time at UC Irvine's campus and daily or hourly permits could be purchased from manned or automated kiosks in the parking structures. Parking is $2/hour or $13/day. The location of this event is in Humanities Gateway building (4100 Humanities Gateway, Irvine, CA 92696), room McCormick Screening Hall (HG 1070).